With Aaron Betsky and Trey Trahan

A Discussion Sparked by the Work of Our Studios
Su 10 December 2017 | 2:00-5:00pm | CFA 200 & CFA 214
Alan H. Rider Visiting Critic and Distinguished Lecturers


EX-CHANGE is a celebration of the student work of the School of Architecture. Every semester, the SoA studios generate rich provocations, collaborations, and opportunities for both orchestrated and spontaneous exchange.

Beyond definitive answers, the projects and research of our studios grapple with an array of critical questions.  These questions will drive this inaugural end-of-semester exhibition and discussion with SoA faculty, students, and invited guests Aaron Betsky and Trey Trahan. EX-CHANGE is an opportunity to shine new light on the SoA studio sequence and position the work within larger questions of research and practice.





2:00 Show! 
A reception and celebration of student work in CFA 200 with light refreshments. 
Steve Lee will guide Trey and Aaron through 3-minute presentations at each studio's boards.

3:00 Interrogate! 
A moderated conversation based on questions generated by studios with Trey, Aaron, and representatives from each studio in CFA 214.


  • Kelli Li, inter-punct

  • Ernest Bellamy, NOMAS, MUD2

  • Talia Perry, SoA faculty and alumna

4:00 Reflect!
A discussion of how the work and research developed at the SoA relates to broader discourses in academia and practice.


  • Kyle Wing, inter-punct

  • Anthony Nitche, AIAS

  • Matt Huber, SoA faculty and alumnus

AARON BETSKY is the President of the School of Architecture at Taliesin. Trained as an architect, he works as an educator, critic and arts administrator. He is the author of over a dozen books on art, architecture and design, including the most recent, Making It Modern and Architecture Matters. In 2008, he curated the 11th Venice International Architecture Biennale.

VICTOR F ‘TREY’ TRAHAN, III, FAIA, is Founder and CEO of Trahan Architects, with local and international projects that have received recognition for their innovative use of materials. With a strong personal belief in the value of conservation and philanthropy, Trey’s life and work is guided by a commitment to the development of sustainable environments. Trey’s architectural projects include the Louisiana State Museum in Natchitoches, recipient of a 2015 National AIA Honor Award for Interior Architecture and Architect Magazine’s Annual Design Review Award. Trey has taught graduate classes at both MIT and USC, is board member of The Cultural Landscape Foundation in Washington DC, and member of the global advisory board for the Van Allen Institute in New York.